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July 12, 2011
Hoop Mountain: Top 10 performers
Saturday marked the start of the first Hoop Mountain Southern Showcase in Atlanta, Georgia and event director Scott Golden brought in a big-time field of AAU teams. As a result, several head coaches and assistant coaches from high-major programs made their way to Oglethorpe University to check all the top prospects in attendance. UGASports was also in the gym all weekend and here is a brief run-down on the top 10 performers.
Top 10 Performers
• 2012 SF Shabazz Muhammad, Dream Vision: Muhammad certainly lived up to his billing as the #1 player in the 2012 class. The 6'6 wing can do it all and put on a show attacking the rim.
• 2012 SF Marcus Hunt, Georgia Stars: After attending the LeBron James camp earlier in the week, Hunt rushed back to join his Georgia Stars team for the weekend. The 4-star wing displayed a great all-around game but really showed off his improved perimeter shot.
• 2012 SG Kenny Gaines, Georgia Stars: Gaines had the dunk of the weekend when he went baseline and flushed over 2013 PF Chris Walker. Aside from that, Gaines showed that he could score from all three levels and play big-time defense.
• 2012 PF Shaq Goodwin, Atlanta Celtics: Goodwin has bulked up over the last couple months and is now a legit 6'8, 250 lbs. He's still trying to figure out whether he is going to play football, basketball, or both in college, but either way, he's got what it takes to be a big time college basketball player. He's dominant in the paint at both ends of the floor.
• 2012 PF Alex Poythress, Georgia Stars: One of the most explosive players at the event, Poythress could not be contained by the Florida Rams. He was getting to the rim for dunks, knocking down three point shots, and attacking the offensive glass for easy buckets. He's a bit of "tweener" right now but he's got the ability to play either position successfully at the next level.
• 2012 SG Jordan Adams, Atlanta Celtics: UCLA got a good one when Adams decided to commit to the Bruins last month. The 6'4 wing has a very advanced offensive game for high school player and is a effective shooter from behind the arc.
• 2013 PF Chris Walker, Florida Rams: Walker probably has as much potential as anybody in the 2013 class when you look at his size, length, athleticism, and developing skill level. At 6'9, he showed the ability to knock down jumpers from mid-range to compliment his ability to attack the rim.
• 2012 SG Armani Moore, Hoop Planet: Moore continued his strong performance during the early part of the evaluation period and showed why he's starting to draw attention from some high-major programs. The 6'5 guard loves to attack the basket but he's also a respectable shooter, which makes him tough to defend.
• 2012 C Robert Upshaw, Dream Vision: The 7'0 center from California played well on Saturday with several Pac-12 coaches in attendance to see him. He's got nice hands, rebounds well, and finishes in the paint pretty well.
• 2014 PG Joel Berry, Each 1 Teach 1: Berry was very impressive all weekend in Atlanta and is a no-brainer high-major college prospect. He scores the ball very well but he also has a strong handle and great floor vision. Should be one of the better players in Florida's 2014 class.
Kenny Gaines picked up offers from Miami and Marshall this weekend. He also mentioned that South Carolina, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Clemson, Iowa, Marshall, Arkansas, College of Charleston, Missouri, Virginia Tech, Colorado, Miami, Louisville, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and West Virginia as the schools recruiting him.
Dillon Graham earned offers from Central Florida and Kansas earlier this week following his performance in Indiana. His stock is on the rise in a big way.
College coaches in the building
If you have a favorite high-major college basketball program on the east coast, there is a good chance your team's head coach was in the building at some point during the weekend. Head coaches that were seen include John Calipari, Billy Donovan, Mark Fox, Brian Gregory, Leonard Hamilton, Rick Pitino, Thad Matta, Darrin Horn, Johnny Dawkins, Cuonzo Martin, Anthony Grant, Josh Pastner, Kevin O'Neil, and several mid-major head coaches. Schools that assistant coaches attend include UCLA, Kentucky, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Alabama, Clemson, Iowa, Marquette, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Miami, Louisville, and several mid-major assistants.